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The Marriage Is The Real Mystery In 'Gone Girl'

Gillian Flynn's third novel begins on the morning of Nick and Amy Dunne's wedding anniversary, when Amy disappears and Nick becomes the No. 1 suspect. But the central question isn't what happened to Amy — it's what happened to her marriage.
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Kim Barnes: "In the Kingdom of Men"

A new novel follows a young woman from the farmlands of Oklahoma to an oil compound in Saudi Arabia in the 1960s. The search for freedom amid repression.

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The 'Truth' About Why We Lie, Cheat And Steal

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely has found that very few people lie a lot, but a lot of people lie a little. He talks about his findings in his new book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie To Everyone — Especially Ourselves.
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'Obama's Secret Wars' Against America's Threats

New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger details how President Obama accelerated the use of innovative weapons to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and sped up a wave of cyberattacks against Iran to destroy its nuclear centrifuges.
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'Shadow': New Light On Islamic History

Islam is conventionally thought to have arisen in the Arabian desert, free from any outside influences. But a new book by historian Tom Hollander provides some surprising historical context — and an origin story quite different from the one most people know.
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'Dinner': A Ritual Of Love

Host Rachel Martin talks with Jenny Rosenstrach about her book, Dinner: A Love Story, based on her popular blog of the same name. It's a cookbook and memoir that covers all the stages of a family's life as experienced through meals.

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